Climate Change: Scarier And Scarier

From The Guardian:

The models showed that average world temperatures are on course to rise by between 1.4C and 3C given mid-range greenhouse gas emissions. According to the findings, the world is very likely to cross the critical “two degrees barrier” at some point this century if emissions continue unabated. Experts believe warming of 2C above pre-industrial levels could trigger runaway climate change that cannot be reversed.

Question: I know prairie dog readers care (though I’m a little concerned that we get more feedback about our Cathedral grocery store coverage than our global warming coverage), but do Saskatchewanians in general give a shit about the future? It’s people under 20 who are going to get creamed in a world destabilized by global warming. But screw ’em, right? They’re just kids and we’ll be dead. Besides, our wise elders have more important things to fret about. Like fetal rights.

After all, last year we Saskatchewanians deliberately elected a federal government that attacks scientists and environmentalists. And it’s not like we didn’t warn people.

Also, I meant to post this last week but I got swamped. Here’s a Globe and Mail story about David Suzuki dealing with the usual stupid bullshit from idiot  politicians. Here’s an excerpt:

Senator Don Plett asked his fellow senators: “If environmentalists are willing to accept money from Martians, where would they draw the line on where they receive money from? Would they take money from al-Qaeda, the Hamas or the Taliban?” Senator Percy Mockler referred to the Suzuki Foundation and others as “qualified bad, not to mention ugly, foundations.”

It’s just embarrassing. Yup, we sure elected some real winners to a majority government last year, and they’ve done their part to kick the snot out of science, fact-based policy and civility. Bravo, Saskatchewan! Canada would’ve had a hard time steering toward extreme right-wing politics without your folksy, commonsensical contributions.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

8 thoughts on “Climate Change: Scarier And Scarier”

  1. I think a lot of us feel very ineffectual and impotent when it comes to the massive propaganda machine that is the nexus of big oil and the political elite.

  2. It’s amazing how many people are chosing to ignore this entire issue. The whole anti-climate change propaganda machine just makes it easy for them. The fact is that the personal lifestyle changes required from us are daunting. So instead many people do nothing and laugh at the mere idea of climate change. That leaves those of us who do think it’s an issue (and a hugely scary one at that) feeling a bit hopeless and helpless sometimes I think. I can make all the changes I want, but if I’m one of only a few people in the entire city doing it, what difference will it make? We should all be learning to live lighter and all the money going into propaganda should be going into researching mitigation and alternatives, but that’s not the way it’s going is it?

  3. Anonymouse, I don’t think the personal lifestyle changes that are required of us are as daunting as you think. If our governments would mandate cleaner energy by manufacturers and producers we would already be halfway there.

  4. There may be less discussion as I’m guessing the majority of PD readers accept that this is settled science. Subjects that generate debate within the readership and seemingly come from out of nowhere – such as Cathedral’s Safeway – would seem to bear this out. But you’re correct; the pressure must continue to be put on our elected representatives.

  5. Moon Daddy – Yes, tightening rules on industry would make a HUGE difference. To say that we don’t need to make a major change in how we behave and consume as individuals in our society though is a bit naive. I find it a bit like swimming upstream here to make these changes. I still do, but it’s certainly viewed at best as odd by others and at worst as subversive. There are also significant road blocks out there. THe funny thinkg to me is that I am not even all that radical in what I’m doing. Not nearly as much as I should be.

  6. “Bravo, Saskatchewan! Canada would’ve had a hard time steering toward extreme right-wing politics without your folksy, commonsensical contributions.”

    And your sarcasm does wonders for bringing them back to the left. Keep up the great work.


  7. #5- I didn’t say we don’t need major change, I said it won’t be as daunting as you think.

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